Class Information and Schedule

Are you intrigued by some of the art and how it is created?  Maybe you have an idea of your own that you think you might like to try…. or perhaps you are just curious.  A needle felting class might be something you might like to try.  Please check the schedule and the locations below and see if a class might work for you.  We tend to have alot of fun in class and sometimes students see  projects go in directions they  never thought possible.  Many of the students feel that they are not all that artistic, but no one said you had to be ….just come and enjoy learning needle felting and enjoy the camaraderie.  Hope to see you soon!!!

Schedule Of Needle Felting Classes

I am constantly adding new classes.  Checkout my current list of classes below to see which of our classes interest you.

Klay Hawk Studio 

Facial Features/Gnomes 

This 2 day class will have a different theme each day.  Day One will be working on facial features.  Noses, eyes, cheeks, ears, etc.  We will be making sample heads and then working on making their features and finessing our techniques.  Day Two will be creating Gnomes, hopefully using some of the facial features that we perfected.  I do not expect to make complicated bodies for these gnomes in our one day class, but sometimes simple is better.
Friday February 8th & 9th  11am – 3pm each day
Cost of Class $75

Owls 

What more can I say?  We will be trying to make owls – different types, of course, and using wire armature make them able to sit on branches or perches.  We have not yet devoted a class to these birds of prey but I think it will push techniques to try and get them looking as natural as we want them.  This is not to say that we have to follow Mother nature … if you think that a funky owl in different colors is appealing then I will be right behind you as always!
Friday March 8th & 9th 11am  -3pm each day
Cost of Class $75

Fiber Painting 

Learn to use fibers to “paint” a picture.  We will be starting with a prefelt base (sheet of partially felted wool), a simple photo or design of your choice – perhaps a single focal item and a simple background – you choose and bring with you (I will have a few designs with me as well, but I would prefer that you bring something that excites you).  Please enlarge your photo ahead of time to apprx 8 x 10…it will make it easier to use it as a reference. Then, using our fibers and needles we will try and recreate our picture in fiber (and of course use our creative license! ) 
Saturday April 27th 11am  3pm
Cost of Class $50 (plus $5 extra for prefelt base is needed)

Stab & Gab is The second Thursday of each month from 12pm – 3pm.  Being there once a month will give everyone access to fiber, supplies, etc., also.  The address is 18 Carolyn Dr. in Candler.  Your GPS will get you there, I am about 3 miles from Smokey Park Hwy. The cost is $15 per session

 To Register for classes at this location, you need to contact me directly – I will be keeping all the lists for the classes at this location  contact me at Irene@ireneheckel.com or call me at 516-527-4633.   Classes must be paid for in advance, check, cash or credit card (Visa/MC only).
Payment can be mailed to:
Irene Heckel Originals
18 Carolyn Dr.
Candler NC 28715
 If for some reason you have paid for class and cannot attend, I will gladly move you to another class of your choice.  Contact me if any questions or you need to make other payment arrangements and I will do what I can.

Klay Hawk Studio
41 Hawkins Dr.
Leicester, NC 28748
contact Irene Heckel-Volpe 516-527-4633


The Wool Room

Below is the current class schedule:

Bears 

Learn to make a bear – this class we will be working on natural type bears – not teddy bears (that will come at a later time), so look up a few of the bears native to our area… or maybe something from your own imagination.  Black bears are on everyone’s mind these days!  But we are using them to refine techniques of creating bodies and sturdy legs to stand on.
Saturday February 16th 10am – 3pm

Sheep 

Sheep Class – some of a different color!! Making sheep with traditional colors and some using “imaginary colors” .  Learning to use locks, and for the non beginner perhaps using some different supplies for legs….  Class is good for beginners and more advanced students too.
Saturday March 16th 10am – 3pm

Fiber Painting 

Learn to use fibers to “paint” a picture.  We will be starting with a prefelt base (sheet of partially felted wool), a simple photo or design of your choice – perhaps a single focal item and a simple background – you choose and bring with you (I will have a few designs with me as well, but I would prefer that you bring something that excites you).  Please enlarge your photo ahead of time to apprx 8 x 10…it will make it easier to use it as a reference. Then, using our fibers and needles we will try and recreate our picture in fiber (and of course use our creative license! ) 
Saturday April 20th 10am – 3pm

“Stab & Gab” -While not a workshop or class it is a great way to get extra help to start or finish a project with fellow needle felters.  At this location it is the 1st Friday of each month from 6pm – 8pm and the cost is $10 I know that I do not require registration for Stab & Gab, but if possible , please let myself or Mary Jo know if you can or can’t make it.  I travel about 35 minutes to get there, and Mary Jo re-opens her store to let us use it for our session and  there have been some Fridays that no one came.  I would like to avoid the trip if this is the case and I am sure that Mary Jo would also appreciate it also.  I love Stab & Gab, and this is not always the case, but I am asking that you please consider letting us know….thanks in advance for understanding!!

To register for class , please call The Wool Room directly.

The Wool Room
630 Boxcar St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828)692-7373


Classes At Other Locations

I occasionally am invited to teach workshops at other locations or for special events.  See below for details.

FENCE (Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center)

FENCE (Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center) in Tryon – Foothills Equestrian Nature Center   3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon, NC 828-859-9021
Please register for this class directly with FENCE through their website.  Here is the link to their calendar http://www.fence.org/calendar  and the website has their contact info.  

Pet Portraits in Fiber 

Back by popular demand, we will be fiber painting our beloved pets.  Learn to use fibers to “paint” a picture.  We will be starting with a prefelt base (sheet of partially felted wool), a head shot of your cat or dog  or horse.  Please enlarge your photo ahead of time to apprx 8 x 10…it will make it easier to use it as a reference. Then, using our fibers and needles we will try and recreate our pets in fiber (and of course use our creative license! )  I will need you to email a photo to FENCE or myself so I can try and bring the fibers necessary to recreate your pet (some may not be an exact match, but I will do my best.  Any questions please email me and I will try and answer you
Saturday February 2nd 10am – 2pm

Creating A Dogwood Flower Pin

Learning to needle felt a beautiful dogwood  flower ( the NC state flower)  Then transform it into a wearable piece of art that you created! Great class to learn needle felting techniques or perfect some of the techniques that you have learned.
Saturday March 23rd 10am – 1pm

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Tryon Arts and Crafts School 

Tryon Arts and Crafts School – 373 Harmon Field Road, in Tryon, NC 828.859-8323

Please register directly through their website… here is the link https://tryonartsandcrafts.org/product-category/workshops

Pet Portraits in Fiber 

Learn to use fibers to “paint” a picture.  We will be starting with a prefelt base (sheet of partially felted wool), a head shot of your cat or dog .  Please enlarge your photo ahead of time to apprx 8 x 10…it will make it easier to use it as a reference. Then, using our fibers and needles we will try and recreate our pets in fiber (and of course use our creative license! )  I will need you to email a photo to me once you have registered for class (irene@ireneheckel.com) so I can try and bring the fibers necessary to recreate your pet (some may not be an exact match, but I will do my best.  Any questions please email me and I will try and answer you.
Saturday February 23rd 10am – 2pm

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Fiber Forum 2019 

I will be teaching  a workshop at the 2019 Fiber Forum 2019 April 4th – 7th 2019  This biannual event is sponsored by the Southeast Fiber Forum Association and is held at Arrowmont  School Of Arts and Crafts 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN 37738 www.arrowmont.org .  The workshop is:

NEEDLE FELTING TROLLS, FAIRIES AND WIZARDS – OH MY!
with Irene Heckel- Volpe
We will cover needle felting techniques to help develop a character doll face. The techniques will help build noses, cheeks, ears, eyes, etc., all with the goal of creating a unique character. We will also be constructing a basic wire armature and learning to create a body to complete our dollʼs character. If doll is completed, costuming or clothing will be addressed and can be started in class if time allows, or completed at home.

If you are interested in this event, please go to  the SEFFA/Fiber Forum website www.sefiberforum.org for more information on costs and registration.